Title: Estimator


The Estimator is responsible for gathering data required in preparing detailed budgets, estimates and pre-bid packages to ensure profitability. The Estimator will also establish a bidders list, solicit and evaluate subcontractor proposals and scopes of work, and review project plans and specifications for constructability and value added design. Some supervision of other estimators, project engineers, may be required.


  • Execute the bid requirements within the established deadlines for hard bid, competitive bid, conceptual, schematic, design development and Guaranteed Maximum Price estimates. 

  • Develop comprehensive, accurate and competitive, detailed conceptual estimates and budgets. 

  • Review  and  analyze all  bid  documents  and  the  project  site.  Schedule  job  site walkthroughs with key subcontractors/vendors, and clients, as required.

  • Create  RFIs  and  submit  to  the  development team;  manage  RFI  process  and  submit  to  bidding subcontractors/vendors as needed.

  • Communicate with the design team as necessary during the preconstruction process.

  • Prepare detailed estimates (e.g., initial, schematic design, design development, and construction documents) including creating quantity takeoffs, applying project-specific unit pricing, and value added design options.

  • Prequalify  bidders,  based  on  scope  of  work.  Develop  a  list  of  qualified  bidders  to  ensure  the  right subcontractor/vendor receives the Invitation to Bid (ITB) document(s). 

  • Perform constructability analyses, prepare a detailed scope clarification document and cost breakdown. Manage  and update scope clarification document real time preconstruction phase. Provide cost modeling and value design input.

  • Coordinate schedule and general condition requirements with the project team.

  • Work with Preconstruction/Estimating team on developing the client proposal.

  • Participate in preconstruction meetings as necessary.

  • Assist with subcontractor awards as required.

  • Review and present budget and bid package to project team.

Leadership Competencies:

  • Collaboration
  • Coordination
  • Communication
  • Results Oriented
  • Team Player 


Supervisory Requirements:
This position may have supervisory responsibility for other estimators, project engineers.


Education / Experience Requirements:

  • Preconstruction/estimating experience is highly desirable, prior project management and field experience preferred.
  • Ability to estimate large, complex projects ranging from $20-50m in representative markets.
  • Conceptual estimating and budgeting, estimating software, negotiated and competitive processes, scheduling and value engineering.
  • Knowledge of the subcontractor community and sub-market pricing. Chicago proper priority/suburban sector
  • College degree preferred or equivalent combination of education and experience. Engineering degree a plus

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